Thursday, February 22, 2024


Construction Crew Hits Water Line at Staples

Construction Crew Hits Water Line at Staples
For the third time since construction began on the Staples High School renovation and expansion project, workers hit an undocumented utility line today this one a water line that forced the cut off of water to the school at mid-day.

Workers uncover a severed six-inch water line today at Staples. The line was not on construction drawings of the site and water to the school had to be shut down while it was repaired. photo

School officials rolled in portable toilets from elsewhere on the construction site and told students to, in effect, make do with no water to the restrooms for the rest of the day.
The six-inch water line was severed shortly after 11 a.m.
Principal John Brady conferred with construction officials and discussed the possibility of summoning school buses to take the students home.
But some of the school buses were already tied up doing a kindergarten run and, after further discussion, it was decided to keep the school in session.
֓It basically was not a health issue, but one of inconvenience for the afternoon, said one school official.
Representatives from the Westport-Weston Health District and the Westport Fire Department were on the scene closely monitoring the situation.
The school did cancel after school activities as construction workers labored to repair the water line.
Noting that this is the third undocumented utility line to be struck during the $74 million renovation and expansion project, Susan Chipouras, project manager, told WestportNow that from now on, crews will use underground sensing equipment before digging.
ԓIt wont pick up everything,Ҕ she said, but it might help us avoid hitting these lines in the future.Ӕ

Staples Easily Rolls Over Trinity 42-6

The Staples Wreckers football team today easily rolled over Trinity in Stamford 42-6.

The win improved the Wreckers to a 3-0 record on the season.

Staples scored in every quarter, allowing a Trinity touchdown only in the final quarter. Senior halfback Jimmy Hughes accounted for four touchdowns, finishing with 121 yards on 13 carries.

His first one of the day broke the school record for career touchdowns—it was his 43rd, surpassing the record 42 held by Rob Krauss.

Staples led at half time 28-0.

Next Friday, Staples goes up against Trumbull, the alma mater of Coach Marce Petroccio.

Oops, We Did it Again

Oops, We Did it Again

Construction workers struck an undocumented water line at Staples High School today, forcing a shut off of water to the facility just before noon. School officials brought in portable toilets and made emergency arrangements for the rest of the school day. Workers previously severed another water line and a gas line during the renovation and expansion project. photo

Savvy Shopper: Courant Features Westport Store

Todays ғSavvy Shopper column in The Hartford Courant features WestportԒs (and Greenwichs) Roundabout boutique.

Excerpt: ғIf the recent Emmy Awards inspired you to add glam designer fashions to your wardrobe, consider a field trip to the state’s Gold Coast region, home to two Roundabout boutiques.

Savvy style mavens from around the country know to stop by these shops whenever they’re in the area for high-end designer closeouts and consignment fashions from such names as Prada, Gucci, Chanel, Hermes, Armani, Moschino and more.

ӔMerchandise includes evening wear, careerwear, casual fashions, shoes and accessories, all priced 50 to 75 percent off original retail.

About 65 percent of the stores’ inventory is new; the balance is top-of-the-line consigned items in mint condition. New shipments arrive each week. If you’re looking for a certain item, staff will take your info and give you a call if it comes in.Ӕ

Westport Phone Service Restored

Westport Phone Service Restored
Crews working through the night restored telephone service to Westport homes affected by Wednesdays outage, an SBC spokesman said today.

An electrical fire on a pole on Hillspoint Road, just south of Post Road East, at about 8:30 a.m. cut electrical, telephone and cable TV service to as many as 1,200 homes.

The electric and cable TV lines were repaired within a short time, but the individual telephone circuits had to be painstakingly replaced in a job that took almost 24 hours.

ғAs of 6 a.m., all telephone service was restored, Seth Bloom, the SBC spokesman, told WestportNow.

More than 1,200 Turn Out for “Stepford” Casting Call

More than 1,200 aspiring actors and actresses, including some from Westport, turned out in Norwalk today hoping for a part in the remake of “The Stepford Wives,” starring Nicole Kidman. Some scenes from the original movie were filmed in Westport. Tuffy Questell of TEC Casting told WestportNow:“We met a little over 1,200 people, 925 filled out applications, and we took over 400 pictures of possibles for the particular scene of interest.” photo

Electrical Fire Causes Major Phone

Electrical Fire Causes Major Phone Outage

An electrical fire on a pole on Hillspoint Road at Chestnut Lane, just south of Post Road East, today knocked out power, phone and cable TV service to a wide area of Westport. The electrical and cable service was restored within hours, according to a SBC supervisor on the scene, but telephone service remained out to more than 1,200 customers by late today. Seth Bloom, an SBC spokesman, told WestportNow tonight all service should be restored by noon Thursday. photo